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Pimping charge: ‘Karaoke trafficker’ case heard

Pimping charge: ‘Karaoke trafficker’ case heard

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard the case of a karaoke video star charged with procuring child prostitution.

Singer Ou Reaksmey, 36, is accused of having brought a 14-year-old girl to a wealthy man for a commission.

“She lured an underage girl to have sex with a rich man, promising the victim that she will help her and promote her to become a famous female singer working with her,” judge Sous Sam Ath said.

Reaksmey has been charged under two articles in the anti-trafficking law, including “procurement with regard to child prostitution”.

Reaksmey was arrested in January after the parents, who are demanding $50,000, learned their daughter had been taken by the singer the month prior to have sex with the man over a three-day period.

Reaksmey denied the charges yesterday, saying the victim’s mother was trying to gain revenge on her for a previous dispute.

The trial continues next month.

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